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Sweden Democrats close in on back-door Riksdag entry: poll

TT/The Local · 17 Jul 2009, 08:41

Published: 17 Jul 2009 08:41 GMT+02:00

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The additional votes would give the party more than 12 percent of the votes in a single voting district, crossing another threshold allowing them to send a representative to Sweden’s parliament.

The figures come from a semi-annual study carried out by the Synovate polling firm and published in the Dagens Nyheter (DN) newspaper.

The most widely watched threshold a party must cross in order to gain representation in the Riksdag is one which requires a political party to achieve at least 4 percent of the vote nationally.

But a party can also gain a spot in parliament of it receives more than 12 percent in a single district.

No party has yet to achieve parliamentary representation through the single district threshold.

However, the Sweden Democrats currently have support of 8.1 percent of the voters in the lower Skåne voting district, in Sweden’s far south, which includes the communities of Burlöv, Kävlinge, Lund, Sjöbo, Trelleborg and Vellinge.

According to Synnovate’s calculations, support from an addition 8,000 voters would be sufficient to allow the Sweden Democrats to send a representative to the Riksdag by crossing the single district threshold.

The study is based on 12,000 interviews from Synovate polls taken in recent months.

A look at 2006 election results, however, shows that the Sweden Democrats received 5.3 percent of the vote in the district, or 11,272 votes.

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Assuming the same voter participation rate of 84.5 percent for 2010, the party would need 25,000 votes – or 14,000 more votes than it received in 2006, to reach the 12 percent threshold.

“It’s true they need to increase by 14,096 votes, but that assumes that nothing has happened. But the party has increased to 8.1 percent in the voting district, which is a statistically significant increase since 2006, of from the 14,000 votes they need, they’ve already got 6,000,” said Synovate’s Nicklas Källebring.

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Your comments about this article

11:03 July 17, 2009 by Nemesis
That should help the country get back to 1933.

That would be the last thing we would need.
12:54 July 17, 2009 by RoyceD
So from what I have read about the Swedish Demoncrates is that they want Sweden to return to being for Swedes only... interesting. I wonder how many of the party supporters would actually find themselves being put on a boat back to their Ancestral origins. I mean, at the beginning of the 20th century less than 40% of Stockholm were Swedish residents....
14:50 July 17, 2009 by Grippen
To get back to 1933 is based on which assumption?

Would it be really better for Sweden to become Nuova Somalia?
14:53 July 17, 2009 by Norum
This is indeed a good sign.

I think the increasing population coming from the Middle East and other Muslim countries, is causing a big problem here.

Not to sound racist, but the truth is that the crime rate is higher among Muslim minority. 25 years ago if you saw one girl in school wearing a hijab it was ok, but now it is disturbingly too many.

What abothers me is the way they bring their own problems into our lives, abuse and disrespect towards women, honour killings, forcing their way of live onto us, forcing the government to adjust to them, not the other way around.

Nemesis said about going back to 1933. I dont agree with that. What we need to do is to curb down on the Muslim immigration. The problem here is that Swedes have to balls to stand against it. Most of us don't like the way things are going, yet we dont speak out. Norwegians and Danes are smarter, because they openly speak about it. Not like here, where most of us just talk about it among friends and relatives.
15:21 July 17, 2009 by Tutu
I am waiting the see where this will end for Sweden. Sweden was in great shape and never needed anybody before the arrival of Finish and former Yugoslavia.
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